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Afghanistan: youth perspectives on peace and security

Apr 2018
Afghanistan Youth Perspectives on Peace and Security
While Afghanistan’s deeply patriarchal society makes it difficult for young Afghans to participate in a significant way in politics, there is a history of youth political movements in the country. To get a better understanding of the future of youth and peace in Afghanistan, Conciliation Resources carried out a series of focus group discussions with young people in Kabul, Nangarhar and Kandahar. This report brings together some of the key findings from these discussions.

Roundtable: Is Colombia’s new found peace under threat?

After more than 50 years of war, Colombia is now 16 months in to the implementation of an historic peace agreement.

Moving forward with peace: post-agreement mediation support

This month, a meeting of the global Mediation Support Network explored the roles mediation and mediation support can play, once a peace agreement has been signed. Felix Colchester outlines some of the challenges and opportunities for mediation in this phase of a peace agreement.

Addressing the challenges to NGOs working with non-state armed groups

Jan 2017
Armed group in CAR
This is a summary of a roundtable discussion organised by Conciliation Resources and the International Security Department at Chatham House. The meeting considered issues associated with peacebuilding engagement with non-state armed groups and UK legislation. It looked at ways to mitigate the negative impact of the legislation in order to maximise the effectiveness of peacebuilding work.

Film: Engaging armed groups in the pursuit of peace

This week Conciliation Resources jointly hosted a roundtable at Chatham House to examine the challenges around engaging with non-state armed groups in the pursuit of peace.

Infographic: Talking to armed groups

Talking to armed groups can be essential to ending violent conflict. Explore our infographic to find out why it is so important and how it can be done.

Youth aspirations for peace and security

Jan 2018
Youth aspirations for peace and security
In December 2015, the United Nations Security Council adopted UNSCR 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. The resolution was the first to recognise the important role young people can play in preventing conflicts, and sustaining peace. Conciliation Resources was invited by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to contribute to the Progress Report on UNSCR 2250. Between July and September 2017, we conducted participatory research with 494 young people living in Afghanistan, Jammu and Kashmir, South Sudan, the Georgian-Abkhaz context, and among youth of the Ogaden diaspora living in the United Kingdom.

Five ways to support youth inclusion in peacebuilding

Young people who have experienced conflict firsthand have a vital role to play in peacebuilding. They have a clear vision of what peace could look like in their countries and communities, and have the drive to work towards the realisation of these goals. 
However, in many cases they are seen not as positive forces for peace, but rather as threats to it.

Film - From Garissa to Liberia: lessons for peacebuilding

In September, ten peacebuilders travelled from Kenya to West Africa to learn from each other’s challenges and successes, to help them build more peaceful and inclusive societies. In this film, they share what they learnt.

Bringing in the margins

Nov 2017
Bringing in the margins, Peacebuilding and transition in borderlands
This report summarises discussions from a workshop to explore sub-state political settlements in conflict-affected borderlands and the possibilities for more effective and inclusive peacebuilding interventions. It looks at four key themes: concepts of borderlands, inclusion and political settlement; the particular types of violence, (in)security, governance and authority that emerge in borderlands; the challenges of working in borderlands, and innovative methods and tools to better engage with their dynamics; and peacebuilding responses and practice in borderland spaces.

Peacebuilding: a view from the margins

Statebuilding and peacebuilding discussions increasingly emphasise inclusion as a key ingredient for peaceful states and societies, and marginalisation as a key cause of conflict. However, the persistence of conflict and violence in many borderland regions can defy and challenge these peacebuilding blueprints.

Tensions sous-jacentes

Nov 2017
À la mi-2016, un grand nombre de réfugiés sud-soudanais ont commencé à arriver dans le nord-est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), fuyant la flambée de violence dans leur pays d’origine. À divers moments, des civils de la RDC et du Soudan du Sud ont traversé leur frontière commune en quête de sécurité, échappant aux conflits en cours dans leurs pays respectifs. À moins que des mesures ne soient prises pour prévenir l’escalade, le récent afflux de réfugiés en RDC a le potentiel de transformer les tensions existantes en violence. La présente note d’orientation examine ces tensions et propose des recommandations quant aux mesures à prendre pour réduire le conflit.

Unable to stay in place

Nov 2017
Unable to stay in place
Following the withdrawal of African Union forces from areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), armed group activities have intensified in the area. Rising insecurity has complicated freedom of movement and agricultural practices. This has constrained land access and ownership which uniquely impacts women and other socially excluded groups. This policy brief provides a set of recommendations to increase security and land access and ownership among women and marginalised groups.

Underlying tensions

Nov 2017
In mid-2016, large numbers of South Sudanese refugees began to arrive in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) fleeing violence in their homeland. At various times civilians from DRC and South Sudan have migrated across their shared border seeking safety from conflict in their respective countries. Unless steps are taken to prevent escalation, the recent influx of refugees in DRC has the potential to turn existing tensions into violence. This policy brief examines these tensions and puts forward recommendations for action to reduce conflict.